Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee on Sunday said Home Minister of India has arrived in Kashmir valley to check the pulse of the people whether or not the resistance in Kashmir is over.
“This is the reason we see all these delegations coming to Kashmir. They are checking whether our back is broken or not,” Mubeen Shah, a leader of JKCC said at a press conference after receiving invitation from Divisional Administration to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Referring to the various news reports which claimed that various trade bodies met Rajnath Singh, Shah denied the report saying only a fringe of trade bodies met him while as overwhelming majority including the apex trade organizations like KCCI, CCIK and KTMF did not respond to the invitation.
“There are around 15 tourism organizations here and out of them only three or four have met the Home Minister. The majority of them including apex trade bodies did not respond to the invitation,” he said.
Shah said that the JKCC had called an emergency meeting on Saturday wherein it was observed that attempts were afoot to distract the attention of powers which matter in regard to Kashmir struggle for their rights.
Shah said that JKCC believes that the rhetoric of development is used to deflect attention from political struggle which has been intensified by the people in recent times with enormous scarifies. “Permit us to state the fact that a self sufficient and trade surplus economy in 1947 has been converted into a completely dependent economy and a consumer state,” Shah said adding “having a reliant road connectivity with outside world from times immemorial the state has established railway link in the year 1897.”
He added that the hoax of development is testimony to the fact that the communication network with the outside word remains a distant dream. “Will you believe that Kashmir could not have its own civil airport in seven decades? The state that took pride of having built its first power house in 1950 is craving for energy despite its rich water resources which are allowed to be looted,” Shah said.
Shah said that the half hearted initiatives towards so called industrial development made local investors to lose their investments besides consuming their ancestral properties. “The LoC barter trade is proving to be a nightmare for concerned traders with every one of them and other businessmen to be in queue of investigating agencies.”
The JKCC also took a dig at Rajnath Singh by posing several questions pertaining to his primary responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of the people. The questions included the continuous use of pallet guns despite the announcement made by Home Minster that it would be replaced by lethal weapons, use of draconian laws like AFSPA and PSA, and the reason why GOI does not hold talks with Pakistan and Joint Resistance leadership to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Shaqeel Qalender, another leader of the amalgam said that government of India should hold an unconditional dialogue with all the stakeholders of Kashmir because there are two schools of thought present in the valley, one, who question the accession of Kashmir with India and the other who believe the accession have been done on negotiated terms. He said to hold talks the GoI should keep all preconditions aside.